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Crown Point in Essex County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The British at Crown Point

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2008
1. The British at Crown Point Marker
Inscription. Following the French retreat from Crown Point in 1759, General Amherst embarked upon an ambitious plan to secure the area for Britain. An elaborate system of fortifications was begun on the Point; at times as many as 3,000 soldiers and artisans were engaged in the construction of Fort Crown Point, three smaller forts (called redoubts), several blockhouses, storehouses, gardens, and military roads. A village grew up close to the fort walls, with a tavern, store, apothecary shop, and the homes of soldiers’ families and retired officers. When control of Canada passed to Britain at the end of the French and Indian War in 1763, construction ceased, leaving one barracks building unfinished.

In April 1773, a chimney fire spread from the soldiers’ barracks to the log walls of the fort, resulting in the explosion of the powder magazine and the virtual destruction of the main fort. Troop strength was gradually reduced until only a tiny garrison remained to surrender the fort to American rebel troops commanded by Seth Warner in May 1775.
 
Erected by Crown Point State Historic Site.
 
Location. 44° 1.778′ N, 73° 25.765′ W. Marker is in Crown Point, New York, in Essex County. Marker is on Grandview Drive, on the left
Marker at Crown Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2008
2. Marker at Crown Point
when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Crown Point State Historic Site, along the walking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Crown Point NY 12928, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “His Majesty’s Fort of Crown Point” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barracks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crown Point: Military Focus (about 400 feet away); Capture of Fort St. Frédéric (about 500 feet away); The French at Crown Point (about 600 feet away); Fort St. Frédéric (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ruins of Pre-Revolutionary Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); Samuel Champlain (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Crown Point.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a map of Crown Point, Fort St. Frédéric and the surrounding area. The right of the map repeats the marker text in French.
 
Also see . . .
1. Crown Point State Historic Site. New York State. (Submitted on September 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Crown Point. An Outline History. (Submitted on September 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. His Majesty’s Fort at Crown Point. The Lake
Ruins of the British Fort at Crown Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2008
3. Ruins of the British Fort at Crown Point
In 1773, a fire in the soldiers' barracks resulted in the destruction of the main fort. The Fort was taken by the Americans at the start of the Revolutionary War, but was retaken by the British in 1777 and held until the end of the war.
Champlain and Lake George Historic Site. (Submitted on September 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2008
4. Crown Point Ruins
Lake Champlain can be seen in the background of this photo, behind the remains of the officers' barracks.
Crown Point State Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2008
5. Crown Point State Historic Site
Marker is in Crown Point State Historic Park, along the walking trail.
Crown Point Area Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2008
6. Crown Point Area Map from Marker
 
 
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